Women Only Weekend is about creating a comfortable environment for ladies to learn about firearms and firearm manipulation. It's comprised of three courses over one weekend. Women Only Weekend is to help get over the fear of uncertainty.

How do you know if this class is for you?

  • If you have kids who hunt or like to shoot but never grew up shooting guns, this is the class for you.
  • If you’ve been wanting to learn more about firearms but aren’t ready for your husband, brother, dad, etc to “teach” you, this is the place to be.
  • If your significant other is really in to firearms but you don’t know much about them, this is a great place to start getting familiar with guns!
  • If you want to take the MN Permit to Carry class but want to become more proficient and comfortable around guns before you take the class, this is for you.
  • If you’re concerned for your safety or th safety of others in your household, this is the class for you.

Women Only Weekend is two days (Saturday & Sunday) of firearms training just for women covering everything from the basics to personal protection. Women Only Weekend is typically only offered twice a year!

Women Only Weekend Saturday Courses

Firearm Fundamentals | 8am-5pm


This class focuses on the fundamentals of handling long guns (rifles and shotguns) and handguns (semi-autos and revolvers). We go over the parts of a gun, manipulation of a firearm, safety, basic grip, stance, sight alignment, sight picture, trigger control and more. There are both classroom and range elements for this course.


We’ll spend the first half of the class going in the classroom talking about safety, parts of a gun, handling firearms without ammo (dry practice), and more. We will likely break for lunch after the classroom portion. There’s a local bar nearby that serves burgers, chicken sandwiches, wings, etc if you’d like to order lunch. Otherwise, there is a full kitchen available if you’d like to bring your own as well.  Then, we’ll head to the range to shoot a variety of calibers and platforms. Students are not required to shoot all firearms. We’re not here to force you to do something you don’t want to do, however, the opportunity will be there for you to experience a variety of firearms if you so choose.

What You’ll Need

You are not required to bring anything for this course. All materials (firearms, ammunition, ear protection, etc) will be provided. However, if you’d like to become more familiar with a firearm in your home, please bring it along and either purchase ammo at the store for it or bring ammo along as well. If you have your own eye and ear protection, please bring that along.

Cost: $170 per student

Women Only Weekend Sunday Courses

Intro to Personal Defense | 8am-9:30am


In this course, we do not handle any firearms. This course is a classroom only course. We discuss personal defense tactics, situational awareness, unarmed against a gun and more.

What You’ll Need

There are no requirements for this class. We will get up and move and go through a couple of hands on pieces in this class though so please dress appropriately.

Cost: $30 per student

MN Permit to Carry | 10:00am-5pm


The MN Permit to Carry or Concealed Carry course contains both classroom and range elements. This course covers MN carry statutes, Use of Force, the ins and outs of carrying a loaded handgun and more.

River Valley Arms & Ammo is certified through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension to teach this course. Upon successful completion, students will receive a certificate that allows them to apply for their MN Permit to Carry at their local sheriff's office. River Valley Arms & Ammo instructors are also certified NRA Instructors -- because of this, upon successful completion, students will also be able to apply for a non-resident permits in WI, IA and FL.


We’ll spend the first 4 or so hours going in the classroom covering MN carry statutes, use of force and other elements. Then, we’ll

head over to the Redwood Falls Sportsmen’s Club for the 60 round shooting qualifier. The qualifier consists of:

  • 10 rounds at 3 yards
  • 10 rounds at 5 yards
  • 10 rounds at 7 yards
  • 10 rounds at 9 yards
  • 20 rounds of guided personal defense drills

What You’ll Need

Each student will need a handgun, 60 rounds of ammo and eye & ear protection. We do allow revolvers and .22 caliber handguns for this course. There are no handgun restrictions, we do not recommend large calibers or revolvers.


First time applicants are $100 and renewal applicants are $75

Special Offers

Take all three classes for $255 per student!

Pay your $20 deposit per class online and the remainder on Women Only Weekend and when you take all 3 courses, you get a discount! *Discount given in store when remainder of payment is due.

Private classes for parties of 4 or more!

Have a group of girlfriends, relatives or both that want to take the courses with you but these dates don’t work? Book a private class for no additional charge when you have 4 or more students!!

RVAA Instructors

The River Valley Arms & Ammo instructors are a great group of people who love to share their passion for firearms. Click on their images below to learn more about our instructors!

Heather Koffler

Heather Koffler

Alison Schroeder

Alison Schroeder


Upcoming Class Schedule

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